Sunday, November 8, 2009
Sacramento Tweed Ride's debut a big success!
For a first-time event -- that only took shape over the last month or so -- the first Sacramento Tweed Ride was a huge success! About 80 riders took part in this celebration of bicycling slowly, with style and grace.
The day began at the Bicycle Kitchen, moved on to the Capitol for a group photo and then to One Speed, Bonn Lair, Revolution Wines, Hot Italian and The Rubicon.
The girls and I joined them for the launch and ogled the most beautiful bikes in Sacramento. There were brand-new Breezers, Surlys and Electras, but also a great collection of one-of-a-kind builds using vintage lugged frames and huge doses of individual style. The Pashleys from our friends at EcoVelo were stunning as were a number of vintage Raleighs, Cinellis and others.
Here's Fiona's video of the ride's start... you'll note from her commentary that she's partial to Raleighs.
Adding to the fun was the great number of good sports who donned tweed coats, plus-fours, skirts, jackets and hats... picking the best-dressed riders was no easy task.
Congratulations to the planners and organizers, and thanks to the generous sponsors. To read more about the ride and get on the list for next time, check out http://sactotweed.blogspot.com/